Last night, like almost all nights recently, my commute home was in the dark.
Irritatingly, I had spent the day with my bike folded under my desk watching a perfectly good clear, sunny day come and go outside the office window. To have the two-wheeled antidote to my paperwork-induced boredom so close was a temptation almost too much to resist.
So it was with the disappointment of a sunny day missed that eventually I cycled off in the dark towards the station and home. Despite the traffic, once pedalling, my glum mood brightened pretty quickly. It's always good to be out on a bike, whatever the weather or time of day.
However for the last few miles, once clear of the town and traffic, the ride became simply magical. Just me under a clear sky, the moon and all of the stars. Moonlight so bright that it cast shadows and that amazing silvery light which lets you see for hundreds of yards. Had I not needed my headlamp to be seen by oncoming cars, it wouldn't have been necessary at all. The light of the moon was more than enough.
Maybe on nights like this I'll have to switch back to the unlit lanes that I use in the Summer months. Mile after mile of unlit lane, with very little traffic would be just awesome under a bright moon.
Happy days (and nights!)